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Code: MUSICAPHON SACD 56880
|SCOTTISH AND OTHER SONGS
JOSEPH HAYDN (1732 – 1809): Bannocks o’ barleymeal; Es weiden meine Schafe; Fließ leise mein Bächlein; O can you sew cushions; Green grow the rashes; Heimkehr; Johnie; Rose weiß Rose rot; Ständchen; Trio in D minor, Hob. XV:23
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1827): To the Blackbird; The lovely lass of Inverness; Bonnie laddie highland laddie; The sweetest lad was Jamie; The Elfin Fairies; Since Greybeards inform us; La Gondoletta; Bolero; Tyroler: Der töpperte Hecht; Tyroler: Wenn I in der Früh aufsten’
The Enlightenment period set out to make all knowledge and power of the people accessible to every citizen, against the resistance of the dictators. The years between 1730 and 1800 saw an emancipation of the people, which we have to thank for a concentration of knowledge, reasoning, feelings and actions. We also have a lot to be grateful, when it comes to the area of music, for this great production of collections. Even in Scotland people were endeavoring to compile a wide collection of the island’s folklore. At the time of the Scottish Enlightenment numerous publishers and editors were competing against each other with their volumes of Scottish, Irish and Welsh songs. The most profiled on amongst them became George Thomson (1757-1851) from Edinburgh. He was the most industrious collector and for more than 50 years the main supplier for collections of Scottish songs. He was successful in engaging Haydn and later on Beethoven to support him in elaboration (and composing new melodies on the basis of the folk melodies) of the collected material. Some of the results of this work are presented here by Daniela Bechly, Hamburgian by birth but domiciled in England since 1993 (from 1987 to 1993 she was engaged at the Deutsche Oper Berlin) in combination with the Trio Kairos – three young Hamburgian musicians who had a very successful debut on Musicaphon with their recording of “Piano Trios of the 1920s” (M 56872).